The Cour D’Appel De Cotonou, in Benin Republic, has ordered that Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, should be be transferred to another detention facility.
This is after the activist’s lawyers complained that his fundamental human rights were being abused in detention.
According to reports, Igboho had leg chain and hand-cuff on him.
But the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, in a statement on Monday said the leg chain and hand-cuff were later removed.
According to Ibrahim Salami, one of the Cotonou, Benin Republic-based lawyers of Sunday Igboho, the activist needed support to eat and use the toilet because of the hand-cuff.
Before the new order, Igboho was detained at Brigade Criminelle facility.
Though tbe new detention facility is yet to be disclosed, The Punch reports that the activist would possibly be moved to Cotonou Civil Prison.
Meanwhile, the Cour De’Appel De Cotonou has returned Igboho to police custody pending further investigation.
The activist was returned to cell after a 13-hour hearing, which ended around 11:20pm on Monday.
The case was heard behind closed doors as the court limited attendance to lawyers, Igboho’s wife, Ropo, and a few others.
Journalists and Igboho’s supporters who thronged the court in their large numbers were denied access.
Details of the judgement are still sketchy as of Tuesday morning.
Igboho and his wife, who is a German citizen, were arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, while trying to board a flight to Germany.
When they were arraigned last Thursday, the Beninoise court adjourned the case till Monday, after Igboho’s lawyers failed to convince the prosecutor that he had no case to answer.
The Beninoise court released Igboho’s wife, while the 48-year-old activist was returned to police custody.
The lawyers had after Thursday’s hearing said that prosecutors claimed Igboho was on a watchlist for alleged trafficking in arms, inciting violence that could result in social disturbance and causing disunity in Nigeria.